• Sep 11, 2009
Toyota Tacoma Truck concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Today, we hearken back to the days when Toyota's trucks were simply called, uh... Toyota Trucks. Suddenly, its 1985 all over again. We may be getting somewhat tired of the constant retro influences invading today's automotive marketplace, but we'll gladly give the Japanese automaker a pass if it finds a way to put the Tacoma Truck Concept – better known to many as the Back to the Future Truck – from last year's SEMA Show into production.

We'd take the BTTF Truck exactly as it sits in concept form, complete with the cream pearl exterior with retro black graphics. Inside, the multi-toned brown and beige surfaces are period perfect, though it may be tough finding an adequate supply of 20 year-old Recaro fabric. Stick with the solid front and rear axles along with the standard four-wheel drive too, but we'd prefer to see a slightly more powerful powerplant up front (diesel anyone?) than the stock 159-horsepower 2.7-liter.

As far as driving impressions go, PickupTrucks.com managed to snag some seat time in the not-so-futuristic truck, finding that it handles dirt roads with aplomb. Toyota admits that this particular concept was assembled a bit too hastily to tackle the real tough stuff, but the hardware is all there to make for a real-life off-road rambler with a few more weekends worth of wrench spinning. So, could it ever enter production? Normally, we'd say there's a snowball's chance in... the Sahara. But, you know, never say never.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Coll enough, but just don't get it. Why? The BTTF truck was merely a secondary prop in a few shots. It wasn't even remotely central to the plot or the character. What's next? Cooter's Camaro from the Dukes of Hazzard reborn as a trim package on the new Camaro?
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK, but wasn't the truck in the movie black? What exactly is the tie-in to BTTF?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I remember it being black too. His parents give it to him right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think only the author of this article made the BTTF connection.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dunno, it was one of the things that represented the alternate future after Marty changed the past. He dreamed about it at the beginning of the movie, then when his family becomes "cool" he actually owns it. He also apparently crashed it into a rolls royce thus ruining his future. . . until he changed his future. It sure wasn't as big of a deal as the delorean but it was still one of the memorable vehicles from the movie.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a 07 Tacoma 4x4 std cab. 4 cyl. 5 speed man. nothing special, a plain jane, but it's a head turner for so many. i'm amazed. i do like the utility and the great ride. the only thing I would change is to get the extended cab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you read the original SEMA post on Autoblog AND read the original press release from Toyota, neither mentions Back To The Future as the genesis for this truck.

      Yeah, it was a retro-themed truck, but no where is it titled BTTF, nor was the movie cited as the inspiration.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But it's not black gat-dangit!
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOVE IT.


      I love old school Toyota trucks. Awesome. They need to do this same treatment on the Land Cruiser, 4 Runner and Fj.
      • 5 Years Ago
      whens the new one out?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It wouldn't hurt my feelings if both Toyota and Nissan dump their
      "also ran" full size trucks and concentrate on what trucks they both
      do best...compact to midsized ones!
        • 5 Years Ago
        couldn't agree more
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not a big truck guy but I'd rock it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Absolutely love it. I really miss those old solid axle Toyota 4x4s. It's too bad most of them around here rotted away!

      I'd seriously consider one of these if brought back into production. There's a lot to be said about solid axles, an actual mechanical shifter for the t-case (good luck finding those these days), and a 4cyl. I'd want mine to be a 5spd (or 6spd).

      While it would be nice to have a diesel powerplant in this truck, I think the Tacoma's current 2.7 and 4.0 powerplants would work just fine in this application. I had a lot of fun in my 80's Toyota pickups, despite the weakling 22R and 22R-E engines. The 2.7 has way more power than the old 22R's ever did (stock)..


        • 5 Years Ago
        I want one.
        I had one of those trucks and freaking loved it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow! Sweet! Reminds me of a very early 80's Toyota Truck. I love it. Good to see we will have this and The Ford F150 Raptor available for die-hard off-road fans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I rented a Zipcar Tacoma this past week, for about the 4th time. For some reason, I cannot get in and out of those without banging my knees on the steering wheel- even when the tilt is all the way in the "up" position.

      Never had that issue with my old B2200.

      I've tried to like the Tacoma, but I don't.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But the best stuff comes from Japan
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